Jesus Keeps His Appointments on CBN.com

Jesus Keeps His Appointments on CBN.com

I admit that title may be a bit confusing.

It sounds like Jesus only keeps His appointments on CBN.com. And what kind of appointments does He have there anyway?

Let me clear this up. Jesus Keeps His Appointments is a devotion I wrote for CBN.com — and you.

Check it out. You may even relate to an experience I share, although I hope not my exact experience. 

But surely I’m not the only person who’s envisioned authorities notifying the Department of Social Services about their parenting skills — or lack thereof. 

Click on this link to read the devotion and find out about my parenting skills and Jesus’ appointments:

Jesus Keeps His Appointments on CBN.com

And while you’re there, check out some of their other great devotions and articles. 

May you discover the faithfulness of Christ today!

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Sick of WHAT, Give me WHO — Reading the Bible for Transformation, Not Information

Reading the Bible seem boring or discouraging? Start looking for the WHO (the Lord), not the WHAT (the rules). I was sick of the WHAT until I found the WHO. Reading the Bible for Transformation, Not Information via www.jeanwilund.com

Sick of What. Give me Who.

I stared at my Bible and thought, I really should read it, but I don’t want to.

Tired of being reminded of all the commands I’d break before bedtime — before breakfast if I’m being honest — I sighed.

How do some Christians live with power and faith that could move mountains — perhaps even literally — and I just live? I know there’s more to this Christian life than existence! What am I missing?

And then a thought struck me.

I bet the answer is in the Bible. Perhaps it’s time to read the whole thing. 

I picked up my Bible and prayed, “Show me Yourself, God, on every page. I’m sick of rules to keep in hopes of becoming a better Christian. I just want to see You, Lord. Amen.”

I wanted transformation, not information — the Who of the Bible, not the What.

I was sick of What. Give me Who. Please!

Reading the Bible for Transformation, Not Information

With a flip of the page to Genesis 1:1, I set out on a journey that changed my life.

Each morning I read my Bible with my new mindset of “Show me Who, not What.”

By Genesis 6, God had surprised me.

Hmmmmm. The Bible is actually fun to read when you’re not feeling guilty about what you have or haven’t done, or trying to figure out what you need to do to avoid sinning like Eve—or worse, like Cain. 

By Exodus 6, God had hooked me.

I’m seeing Your character traits, God, of faithfulness, grace, and love where I’d missed them before. And I’m seeing a lot more intentionality than I’d expected because I’m also seeing Jesus in every story in amazing ways. This is like a treasure hunt. I can’t wait to see where I find Him tomorrow.

By Deuteronomy 6, God had transformed me.

Wait! This passage feels as if You’re reaching down from heaven into my heart and speaking directly to me, God, but how is this possible? This passage is about Israel and the Promised Land, and yet, as I read it, I’m invaded by a peace that’s escaped me before. I’m seeing You, God, in ways I’d never known possible before, and it’s changing me from the inside out. Wow. I love Your Word, Lord.

I’d loved God’s Word before because all Christians do.

Good ones, at least, right?

But now I LOVED God’s Word. I wanted to hug it and kiss it and never let it go because I’d finally found the Who that I’d missed in all the What.

Information doesn’t lead to true spiritual transformation. Only God does.

A.J. Jacobs, an agnostic Jew, sought to live by every law of the Bible for one year. By the end of the year, the Bible hadn’t transformed him. But he’d only sought to know the law, not the God of the law.

Consumed with the What, he’d missed the Who.  

It’s About the Who, Not the What

Reading the Bible seem boring or discouraging? Start looking for the WHO (the Lord), not the WHAT (the rules). I was sick of the WHAT until I found the WHO. Reading the Bible for Transformation, Not Information via www.jeanwilund.comRight from the beginning of my search for the Christian life worth living, I’d stumbled upon the secret to falling in love with the Bible. It’s about the Who, not the What.

If we approach the Bible as a book of words that, if followed, will give us an abundant life, we’ll miss that abundant life and find bondage instead.

We’ll find bondage to rules, guilt, and shame because we’ll never be able to keep those rules as we know we should.

And we’ll find boredom because along with many exciting stories are a ton of lists and letters, not to mention rules about bodily fluids and other stuff you don’t want to read about.

We may wind up giving up reading the Bible completely, which could eventually lead to our abandoning God altogether.

We might not give up our faith and deny Christ, but we’ll turn our back on Him. And if we turn our back on Him long enough, we’ll want to deny Him so we can drive the guilt of ignoring Him far away from us.

Or . . .

We can simply stop focusing on the What in the Bible and in Christianity and embrace the Who instead. And fall in love with both. 

If reading the Bible or being a Christian seems boring or discouraging, start looking for the Who, not the What.

I was sick of the What until I found the Who. Now I love them both!

You will seek Me
and find Me
when you search for Me
with all your heart.

~Jeremiah 29:13

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One Day. Two Days. Reality Sunk In. Jesus Was Gone.

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REALITY SUNK IN

“It is finished,” He’d cried.

Then He lowered His head

and gave up His Spirit. 

Jesus’ followers watched as the earth moved.

Reality sunk in.

Jesus was gone.

They laid Him in a tomb.

A stone sealed away hope.

Reality sunk in.

Jesus was gone.

The disciples mourned.

One day.

The world slept.

Two days.

Reality sunk in. 

Jesus was gone.

(to be continued . . . )


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I hope you’ll share this, but remember the story isn’t over. 

It’s only Saturday after Friday before Sunday.

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Three Powerful Ways Christ Said I Love You

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I love you. 

The three best words ever spoken. 

In French, they say Je t’aime.

In Italian, Ti amo. Spanish, Te amo.

Germans say Ich liebe dich.

But on Good Friday, Christ said I love you with three different words: It is finished.

With these three words, Christ had taken all our sin upon Himself and set us free from its destructive, powerful grip. He bought us eternal life.

No more would we have to pay the penalty of our sin. Christ paid it all. It is finished. 

I love you couldn’t be said better . . . unless perhaps followed by three other words on the third day: He is risen.

On this Good Friday, let’s focus on these three powerful, extravagant ways Jesus said to us, I love you.

Three Powerful Ways Jesus Said I Love You


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Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13 ESV


It is finished.

When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
~ John 19:30 ESV


He is risen.

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
~ Matthew 28:6 KJV


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How Jesus and Barabbas Are Similar but Very Different – And That Makes All the Difference

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Just imagine1. . .

Barabbas, the son of the father

“He’s so beautiful,” the baby’s mother said to her husband. “Look, he has your eyes. Let’s call him Barabbas, son of the father.”

The proud father smiled.

Years flew by, and Barabbas grew up.

Somewhere along the path of his life, Barabbas became involved with a terrorist group in the midst of an attempted revolution and became a murderer. (Mark 15:7, Luke 23:19)

Now Barabbas sat in prison as another prisoner stood before Governor Pilate.

Jesus, the Son of the Father

“Crucify Him!” the people shouted. Some screamed and pointed at Jesus as He stood before Pilate in Jerusalem.

Pilate looked at the crowd of angry Jews and asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas 2, or Jesus, who is called the Messiah?’” 

The crowd shouted, “Give us Barabbas!” 

Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” 

“Crucify Him!” they shouted.

“Why, what evil has He done?”

But they shouted all the more. “Crucify Him!” 

Freedom

Sitting in prison, Barabbas heard the guard approaching.

“Barabbas, this is your lucky day. Come with me. You’re being released.”

Barabbas stood with a look of shock mingled with confusion and elation.  

“Pilate wants to release some man named Jesus, the Jew’s Messiah,” the guard said, “but the Jews seem determined to crucify Him. Pilate ordered me to bring you. He’s going to make them choose between you and Jesus.”

“Their want to crucify their own Messiah? What crime did He commit?” 

“Nothing that I can tell. But they want to crucify him anyway.”

Barabbas shook his head and laughed. “This may be my lucky day after all.”

Similar but Different

How Jesus and Barabbas are Similar but Very Different -- And that makes all the difference for us via www.JeanWilund.comBarabbas and Jesus were both the son of the father.

Barabbas literally means “son of the father.”

Some ancient manuscripts of Matthew 27:16–17 record his full name as “Jesus Barabbas.”  

Jesus was the Son of God the Father. (John 10:36)

Being the son of the father was their only similarity, though.

Jesus did the will of His Father, God. (John 6:38)

Barabbas did the will of his father, Satan. (John 8:44)

Barabbas stood guilty but not condemned. (Mark 15:7)

Jesus stood innocent but condemned. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Pilate set Barabbas free so that Jesus, the Son of His Father, God, would not, in order that we could be free.

The Rest of the Story

I wish I knew the rest of Barabbas’ story.

If I continued to imagine the parts of his story not included in the Bible, I’d place him in the back of the crowd gathered at Calvary.

He’d watch and wonder about this strange man named Jesus who seemed both helpless and yet powerful.

I’d imagine Christ, as he hung on the cross, looking into Barabbas’ eyes with love. 

And as Christ died, I’d like to believe Barabbas would understand and believe. And be saved.

I guess I’ll find out when I get to heaven. I hope he chose well and became Barabbas, not just the son of his father, but Barabbas, a child of God.

Believe

As Easter approaches, consider the minute details God orchestrated to ensure we would have no excuse to know, understand, and believe that Jesus Christ is the true Son of the Father, and He came to die for you.

“Jesus said to him,

“I am the way,

and the truth,

and the life;

no one comes to the Father

but through Me.”

(John 14:6 NASB)

Believe!

Please believe. 

Jesus Christ offers us the free gift of salvation. (Romans 10:9)


1 This post is taken from the following biblical passages AND my imagination of what could’ve happened. The Bible doesn’t tell us anything about Barabbas’ childhood or family. We know very little about him, but the Bible does tell us through his name that he was “the son of the father” and why he wound up in prison. Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, John 18, and Acts 3:14; Matthew 27:17; John 18:40; Matthew 27:22-23

2 Some ancient manuscripts of Matthew 27:16–17 list the name of the murderer as Jesus Barabbas. Others list his name only as Barabbas. 

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Praise Picture ~ Peace!

John 14:27 -- My peace I give to you! (Praise Picture via www.JeanWilund.com)

Praise Picture — Peace!

I just wanted to share this Praise Picture with you. Now go take on the day — with peace, and lots of it!

PS — And look forward to my upcoming Never-Ending List of the Character Traits of God. It’s almost ready. 🙂

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